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Dental Exam

D3 Dental

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Horsham, PA

Having regular dental exams, combined with effective dental hygiene, is vital for good oral health. If you need a routine dental exam, D3 Dental in Horsham, Pennsylvania, offers comprehensive dentistry services, including regular checkups, professional dental cleanings, and screenings for oral cancer. To find out more about primary dentistry and how it can help you avoid painful and unsightly dental problems, call D3 Dental or book an appointment online today.

Dental Exam Q&A

What is a dental exam?

A dental exam is a thorough examination of your mouth by a trained dental professional. The team at D3 Dental has extensive training in oral diseases and pathology and can identify early warning signs you might not notice on your own. Their registered dental hygienists are experts in using specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, including below the gumline. 

Why is a dental exam important?

Having routine dental exams is an essential part of preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry aims to help you avoid complications and catch early warning signs to minimize their impact on your oral health. D3 Dental also offers other preventive dentistry services that can supplement your dental exam, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments.

The team can also advise you on any changes you need to make to your oral hygiene routine after assessing the health of your teeth during a dental exam. That could mean using a different type of toothbrush, altering your brushing technique, or changing the size of the interdental brushes you use.

What happens at my dental exam?

During your regular dental checkup, your provider at D3 Dental performs a comprehensive dental exam that includes:

Diagnostic X-rays

Routine X-rays can detect decay, cysts, tumors, and bone loss. They also show the position of your teeth and their roots.

Oral cancer screening

Your provider checks for any signs of oral cancer by examining your:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Throat
  • Gums

Oral cancers can affect any of the tissues in your mouth and throat. Early detection gives you a much better chance of beating the disease.

Gum disease evaluation

Your provider checks your gums and the bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.

Tooth decay assessment

Using special dental instruments, your provider checks all your tooth surfaces for signs of decay.

Examination of existing restorations

If you’ve already had dental restoration work done, for example, fillings or crowns, your provider examines these to make sure they’re in good condition.

If any signs of disease or damage are found, your provider can arrange further tests and an appointment for treatment.

If you’re due for a routine dental exam, call D3 Dental today or book your appointment online.